Looking Back: the PMC Homecoming Event

The PMC 125th Anniversary Homecoming Event (a.k.a. an old-fashioned church picnic) was a wonderful time for all involved.  There was food, music, and games for young and old.  Old friends reconnected, and new friendships were formed.  Thank God for His faithfulness over the past 125 years!  

What's your SHAPE?

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Would you like to have a better understanding of your role in the Kingdom?  Would you like to know how your gifts, experiences, and personality make you uniquely suited to serve others?  

The S.H.A.P.E. inventory is designed to help you get a well-rounded perspective on who you are and what God has called you to.  If you'd like to understand your own role or get some ideas of how you can get involved at PMC, we encourage you to download the SHAPE inventory and fill it out.  Hard copies are also available Sunday mornings at the Welcome Desk.  

When you're finished, you can keep the results to yourself if you like, but we'd love to see what you learned.  You can leave hard copies at the Welcome Desk or email info@acommunityofgrace.org.  

Click Here to download the SHAPE Inventory.  

 

The Breakfast Club

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Join us at The Breakfast Club Sunday morning in the Vine Building for interactive discussion and good food. All are welcome.

The Beatitudes - It doesn’t come through clearly in English translations, but the phrase “and he began to teach them” in the original language means that this was an intentional and formal time of teaching. Jesus is holding a class and purposefully teaching His disciples the essentials of what it means to follow Him. This is information Jesus wants us to know and put into practice as His followers so that we can experience the blessings He wants to share with us. If we fail to understand and practice what Jesus is teaching in these few verses we will be building lives on a foundation of sand rather than solid rock (Matthew 7: 24-27).

The Breakfast Club 2017-18 starting September 17 In the Vine Building, 9:15 for coffee.

Philpott Church is a community of grace, rooted together in the gospel, that exists to glorify God by making more and better disciples of Jesus Christ who are committed to the celebration of God, the cultivation of deeper faith, and the restoration of our community, our city, and the nations.  "We long to see you, so that we may be mutually encouraged by each others'  faith" Romans 1:11-12

Facilitators for the discussion:
Mick Brown, Dean Billings, Caroline Sears,
David Harvey

For further info: contact Val Harvey at 905-628-6572 or valerieharvey456@gmail.com
or Pat Major at pekmajor@gmail.com

Urban Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

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1.  “Recharge”…a Drop In center
A number of us from Philpott have been meeting almost weekly, at this collaboration between the Chaplain’s office of the Salvation Army and PMC Urban ministry.  This is a great opportunity to meet folks who spend a lot of time on the street (some are homeless) whom we bump into as we walk up the stairs to enter the church. 
Currently, we have been meeting on Fridays at 12:30pm but are looking for volunteers on other days and evenings.  If you could see yourself volunteering to meet with folks off the street for a Morning, Afternoon or Evening session (2hr) please contact Geoff Beatty.
Needed: complete puzzle sets, used guitars, picture books (travel etc.), paint or drawing supplies
2.  One-2-One English Conversation Partners (bringing Newcomers and the Philpott Community together)
You don’t have to be a teacher to get involved in this great opportunity to meet an international.
1. Join us as a conversation Volunteer: Mondays from 6:30-8pm in the Atrium
AND/OR
2.  Submit your name as a conversation partner who is ready to meet regularly during the week with one of our Newcomer friends.

3.  Furniture Distribution Ministry - Do you know someone who needs Furniture but can't afford it?  Philpott church has a container where our donated inventory includes furniture & kitchen supplies for distribution among newcomers & needy of our city. Check out the Google doc for inventory: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XeNoOemKUBs_pf9dQ8vvMeMDg3WXfdq1UHQXEMd5jnQ/edit?usp=sharing.

For more information, contact Geoff Beatty: geoffsidy@gmail.com Cell: 289-775-1648.



Alpha Course - Ever wondered what it's all about?

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Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course includes ten meals and an amazing weekend getaway that comes halfway through the 10-week course. The course meets once per week.

Alpha has become a worldwide phenomenon, now in 164 countries, where millions of people have come to explore the meaning of life. 

During each session people enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life and God is seen as too simple or too hostile. Questions like; is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

A - Anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith can be a part of the Alpha experience.

L - Learning and laughter. It is possible to learn about the Christian faith and to have fun at the same time.

P - People meeting together. An opportunity to share a meal, get to know others, and to make new friends.

H - Helping one another. The small groups give you a chance to discuss issues raised in the talks.

A - Ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile.

 

 

The PMC Podcast

Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Did you know that PMC has a podcast?  We do!  All of our Sunday morning messages are available on our website, but you can also subscribe to them as an iTunes podcast.  Click here to subscribe, or search for Philpott Church in the iTunes store.  You can also listen on Google Play.

Until now, we had only used our podcast to share Sunday morning messages.  This past Sunday's message proved too long for the time allotted, so today we've used our podcast channel to share a conversation between Lane and Jesse on the idea of Christ descended from the Apostles' Creed.  You can listen on iTunes or listen on the web

Let us know if you enjoyed hearing a non-Sunday podcast, or if there are issues you'd like for us to talk about as a future podcast episode.  

What a Beautiful Name

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

-by Jesse Hill

One of the things I’ve discovered in studying scripture is that many of my favorite passages seem to have been plagiarized.  For example, many of the Psalms seem to have been partially copied from Canaanite praise songs.  When I first learned this, I was distressed.  But when I continued my study, I found that these plagiarized Canaanite songs had been altered in key ways when they were brought into the collection of Isrealite psalms.   

Why would the Psalm writers take songs written for pagan gods and alter them to praise the true God?  

Picasso has been quoted as saying “good artists borrow, great artists steal.”  One reason for the psalmists to have appropriated the songs and hymns of their Baal worshipping neighbors is simply that they absorbed the style and lexicon of the time.  A more compelling reason might be that by reworking the pagan hymns, the psalmists identified the ways in which YHWH is different from Baal; a statement intended both for the Canaanites and for the Israelites.  

 

Our worship never happens in a vacuum.  Every time we ascribe worth to God, we do so within our own cultural context.  Our challenge, then, is to identify the idols within our own culture and to consciously change the narratives of our time to proclaim the name of the true God.  

An interesting New Testament example of this comes from Peter’s impromptu sermon to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4.  In Acts 4:12, Peter says of Jesus:

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

This phrase was probably one of the better-known phrases of Peter’s time, as it was written on Roman coins minted by Caesar Augustus (the name Augustus means “worthy of reverence and worship”).  Augustus minted coins with this phrase in order proclaim himself as the sole savior of humankind.  By quoting the phrase to describe Jesus, Peter identified Jesus as the true Savior and Son of God and Augustus as an idol and a false messiah.  

 

We recently introduced a new song at PMC; “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong United.  The lyrics of this song come in part from Peter's sermon in Acts 4.  The song proclaims the name of Jesus as beautiful, wonderful, and powerful.  The bridge of the song says that He has no rival or equal, and that His name is above all names.  

When we sing this song, we are taking up a task common to the people of God throughout history.  We are both demoting every false, would-be god, and exalting the one true God.  

 

I think of the psalmists and of Peter and I wonder, can I do what they did?  Can I name the false gods of this age and make their deceptive stories true by retelling them in a way that exalts Jesus?  

Summer Sermon Series: the Apostles' Creed

 

This Sunday we begin our summer sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed.  The creed was first developed in the late fourth century to help believers unite around core, essential aspects of Christian faith.  More than a millennium before Gutenberg’s printing press statements like the creed helped to unite Christians who might never have read scripture themselves.  Moreover, many of the statements in the creed were intended to counteract the propositions of various cults that had infiltrated Christianity at the time.  

Today, we all have access to scripture for ourselves and many of the heresies that distressed the church in those days have passed away (though other heresies, such as Gnosticism, are alive and well in different forms).  So what is the value of the Apostles’ Creed today?  

The Apostles’ Creed is worth knowing today perhaps more than ever.  In a time when our relentless individualism suggests that each person should arrive at his or her own conclusions about Scripture, the creed gives us a historically proven way to study scripture.  The creed is, in many ways, a distillation of scripture; each of the statements within the creed may not represent a particular chapter and verse, but each statement is rooted in a recurring truth within Scripture as a whole.  

Further, the creed helps us to identify the core beliefs of the Christian faith, giving all Christian denominations a common reference point.  In a world that so desperately needs the Gospel, churches of every kind need to find ways to rally together, finding unity in what is essential, and offering charity in all else; the creed helps us to identify what is essential.  

We hope you join us in studying and memorizing the creed this summer.  

Here is a musical setting which may be helpful as you memorize the creed:  

 

Schedule:

July 2: Rev. Dr. Kelvin Mutter: Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed

July 9: Rev. Michael Bowyer: "I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth."

July 16: Michael Gabizon: "I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary"

July 23: Rev. Dr. Lane Fusilier: "Suffered under Pontious Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He Des died to the dead. On the third day He rose again;"

July 30: Phil Strickland: "He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father," 

August 6: Dr. Phil Shadd: "He will come to judge the living and the dead."

August 13: Dr. Malcolm Sears: "I believe in the Holy Spirit"

August 20: Dr. Thomas Power: "The holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints"

August 27: Rev. Dr. Kelvin Mutter: "the forgiveness of sins,"

September 3: Rev. Dr. Lane Fusilier: "The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, Amen"

 

-by Jesse Hill

One-2-One English

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Since January 2015 PMC has offered a place where Newcomers to Hamilton could not only improve their listening and speaking English skills, but make new friends to walk with them through the highs and lows of their lives.  Volunteer native English speakers are learning about the cultures represented in our group just as they are culture coaches to help our new friends navigate the waters of Canadian culture.  We have had opportunities to walk along with our Newcomer friends during their professional and spiritual journeys and this has blessed us so much.

This video is a summary of some of what we did from Sept 2016-June 19/17.  If you would like to learn how you can join in our activities, contact Geoff Beatty (Urban Ministries at PMC).  geoffsidy@gmail.com

PMC Bursaries 2017

The Philpott Memorial Church Bursary Committee aims to support students who are pursuing post-secondary studies and have financial need. We have three bursaries available to qualifying students in post-secondary studies: for Bible College, Health Sciences & the Arts. Our Bursary Committee will consider all applications and recommend that the successful candidates receive a maximum of $1,000 for a full-time student and $500 for a part-time student. Amounts may vary with the number of applications received. Bursaries will be awarded once per school year. After approval by the Board of Elders, a cheque will be made payable to the student.

To qualify, a student must be a member or adherent of PMC, and active in the life and ministry of PMC. Alternatively, any member or adherent of PMC who was active in the life and ministry of PMC before moving away to school, and who still considers PMC to be his/her home church.

Please email or mail completed application forms to our church office: talktous@getchurch.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Larry MacDonald: 905 627-1245 or email lmacdonald119@cogeco.ca.

Larry MacDonald (chairman)

Criteria for Awarding a PMC Bursary

Danby Bursary:

1.  Must be a member or adherent of PMC

2.  Must be active in the community and ministry at PMC

3. Must be needing support to attend Bible College or Seminary classes

 

Smithson Bursary:

1.  Must be a member or adherent of PMC

2.  Must be active in the community and ministry at PMC

3. Must be taking courses in health sciences.

 

Arts Bursary:

1. Must be a member or adherent of PMC

2. Must be a student who is enrolled full time in the arts:  2 or more of art, music, literature, drama, film, dance, photography.

3. Must be involved in an active way as an artist, musician, writer, actor, dancer, or photographer.

Process:

 

1.   Applicants must fulfill the above criteria

2.   An online application may be filled out at any time during the current year but by September 1. An applicant cannot apply more than once in a fiscal year.

3.  

a.   The Bursary Committee will review the applicants for all bursaries and approve a list of recipients by September 30.

b.   The list of the proposed bursary recipients will be given to the Elders Board for their approval at the October Board Meeting. 

c. 

i.     Danby & Smithson Bursaries: The Capital fund treasurer will inform the Bursary Committee how much money is available from the Bursary investments to be paid out to the bursary applicants.  The amount available for each bursary will be divided amongst the applicants for that bursary, at the discretion of the Bursary Committee.

  ii.    Arts Bursary: $500 a year will be available to one recipient per year until the overall fund is depleted.

4.     

a.   The Elders Board will review the applicants at the October Board Meeting.

b.   A list of recipients will be approved.

c.   The Elders board will provide a list of recipients to The Capital Fund Treasurer who will do the appropriate bookkeeping, process the cheque for each recipient and mail it to them by November 1.

Online Bursary Applications

 

 

Freezer Meals Ministry

We are launching a formalized meals ministry to provide practical care to our community members who have experienced a birth, adoption, loss of a loved one, or surgery/extended illness.

If you are interested in demonstrating care by providing a meal, please contact Erin Fuller at 289-689-5155 or erin.e.fuller@gmail.com. We are looking for volunteers to make freezer meals and bring them to the church and/or deliver freezer meals.

A Prayer on Fasting

O God, during this season of Lent you call me:

to fast from discontent and to feast on gratitude;

to fast from anger and to feast on patience;

to fast from bitterness and to feast on forgiveness;

to fast from self-concern and to feast on compassion.

 

O God, during this season of Lent you call me:

to fast from discouragement and to feast on hope;

to fast from laziness and to feast on commitment;

to fast from complaining and to feast on acceptance; 

to fast from lust and to feast on respect.

 

O God, during this season of Lent you call me:

to fast from prejudice and to feast on understanding;

to fast from resentment and to feast on reconciliation;

to fast from lies and to feast on the truth;

to fast from wasted time and to feast on honest work.

 

O God, during this season of Lent you call me:

to fast from grimness and to feast on joy;

to fast from suspicion and to feast on trust;

to fast from idle talk and to feast on prayer and silence;

to fast from guilt and to feast on the mercy of God.

 

May almighty God have mercy on me,

forgive me my sins and bring me to everlasting life.

Amen.

Asking Questions in Prayer

"The Conversion of St. Augustine" by Fra Angelico

"The Conversion of St. Augustine" by Fra Angelico

-by Jesse Hill

In last week’s sermon on the vice of sloth, I mentioned that one of the symptoms of sloth is that prayer becomes a difficult, obligatory act.  When we are slothful (that is, when we are apathetic towards the transforming work of the Holy Spirit) we avoid encountering God in prayer out of fear that we might have to change in some way.  As a result, our prayer time becomes a chore—a time to dispassionately recite a list of requests and minor concerns before we close the conversation off with a hurried “amen.”  

Prayer is meant to be a continuous dialogue with the Living God, enabled by His Spirit living within us.  This is why Paul is able to say that we should “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  When we are afflicted with sloth, prayer becomes an occasional chore, rather than a way of living in constant communion with God.  In my sermon, I mentioned that the practice of Lectio Divina would be one way to move towards a more biblical practice of prayer.  

The person afflicted with sloth might also consider deliberately asking more questions in prayer.  Because sloth causes us to pray hurriedly and only in monologue rather than dialogue, we can work against sloth by asking questions of God and then leaving room for Him to respond to us.  

 

Consider Augustine’s famous prayer:

How can I, who am [a created thing] ask you to come into me, when I would not exist at all unless you were already in me? Not yet am I in hell, after all but even if I were, you would be there too; for if I descend into the underworld, you are there. No, my God, I would not exist, I would not be at all, if you were not in me. Or should I say, rather, that I should not exist if I were not in you, from whom are all things, through whom are all things, in whom are all things? Yes, Lord, that is the truth, that is indeed the truth. To what place can I invite you, then, since I am in you? Or where could you come from, in order to come into me? To what place outside heaven and earth could I travel, so that my God could come to me there, the God who said, I fill heaven and earth?

 

Augustine echoes King David’s question of God: “Where could I go to flee from Your presence?…If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.” (Psalm 139).  He also echoes King Solomon’s question, “Will God live on earth?” (1 Kings 8:27).  By asking questions of God, Augustine participates in the the thoroughly Biblical practice of asking questions in order to allow room for God to speak.  

Augustine, David, and Solomon all asked questions of God in prayer because they believed that prayer is a dialogue with God, a two-way conversation in which we not only share our concerns but encounter the Living God in a way that leaves us fundamentally changed.

For person long afflicted with sloth, it seems that God is always distant, and thus asking a question in prayer is daunting because the slothful cancer within says that God is too far away to answer.  The slothful person not only fears encountering God—he or she is also afraid that if they ask, God will not respond at all.  The fear is that we might ask, and hearing no answer, discover that our faith is a sham.  

The solution to this is to not shrink back from seeking God.  Scripture tells us that those who seek God will find Him.  If we believe scripture, then we believe that asking questions of God will result in an encounter with Him.  

The person sick to death from sloth should begin by asking where God is.  Is God far away?  Is He near?  Veterans of faith know the “right” answers to these questions, yet our prayers sometimes mask a fear that God is too far away to respond.  Rather than continuing to mask our doubts, we should bring them to God.  We should pray like David, who asked, “Lord, why do you stand so far away?  Why do you hide in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10) This is a prayer that takes real faith that God will listen, rather than letting our words fall to the ground.  

 

Sufjan Stevens wrote a beautiful, David-like song asking these same questions of the Lord:  


 

Here is the full text of Augustine’s prayer:  

 

Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are a due part of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you.

Grant me to know and understand, Lord, which comes first. To call upon you or to praise you? To know you or to call upon you? Must we know you before we can call upon you? Anyone who invokes what is still unknown may be making a mistake. Or should you be invoked first, so that we may then come to know you? But how can people call upon someone in whom they do not yet believe? And how can they believe without a preacher?

But scripture tells us that those who seek the Lord will praise him, for as they seek they find him, and on finding him they will praise him. Let me seek you then, Lord, even while I am calling upon you, and call upon you even as I believe in you; for to us you have indeed been preached. My faith calls upon you, Lord, this faith which is your gift to me, which you have breathed into me through the humanity of your Son and the ministry of your preacher.

How shall I call upon my God, my God and my Lord, when by the very act of calling upon him I would be calling him into myself? Is there any place within me into which my God might come? How should the God who made heaven and earth come into me? Is there any room in me for you, Lord, my God? Even heaven and earth, which you have made and in which you have made me – can even they contain you? Since nothing that exists would exist without you, does it follow that whatever exists does in some way contain you?

But if this is so, how can I, who am one of these existing things, ask you to come into me, when I would not exist at all unless you were already in me? Not yet am I in hell, after all but even if I were, you would be there too; for if I descend into the underworld, you are there. No, my God, I would not exist, I would not be at all, if you were not in me. Or should I say, rather, that I should not exist if I were not in you, from whom are all things, through whom are all things, in whom are all things? Yes, Lord, that is the truth, that is indeed the truth. To what place can I invite you, then, since I am in you? Or where could you come from, in order to come into me? To what place outside heaven and earth could I travel, so that my God could come to me there, the God who said, I fill heaven and earth?

Who will grant it to me to find peace in you? Who will grant me this grace, that you should come into my heart and inebriate it, enabling me to forget the evils that beset me and embrace you, my only good? What are you to me? Have mercy on me, so that I may tell. What indeed am I to you, that you should command me to love you, and grow angry with me if I do not, and threaten me with enormous woes? Is not the failure to love you woe enough in itself?

Alas for me! Through your own merciful dealings with me, O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heart and say to my soul, I am your salvation. Let me run towards this voice and seize hold of you. Do not hide your face from me: let me die so that I may see it, for not to see it would be death to me indeed.

From St. Augustine’s Confessions (Lib 1,1-2,2.5,5: CSEL 33, 1-5)

Easter for Families

 

Easter is a time when we can focus on key aspects of the Biblical story about Christ with our children.  From Palm Sunday, through Good Friday and on to Easter Sunday, we find out how God put into action his glorious plan of redemption!  Use this time to prepare your child’s heart to respond to God over the Easter season. 

How can you do this?

At Philpott Memorial Church we want to equip you for this task.  Check out our Easter for Families handout and try some of the things suggested:

  • Learn an Easter hymn with your children. 
  • Listen to, watch and sing the Easter story with our suggested links.
  • Spend time to be sad on Good Friday.  We have suggested some things to do.
  • Read the Biblical stories covering Palm Sunday through to the Resurrection. 

And don’t forget to make time for corporate worship at Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.

Jan Mutter

Family Life Pastor

Why celebrate Lent?

I’m really looking forward to Lent, beginning this week with Ash Wednesday.  More and more, evangelical churches are observing Lent and other dates in the Christian calendar. These can be wonderful seasons of concentrated prayer and reflection. Many people find that these times help them to reflect on the life of Jesus and to respond in renewed ways to his love and sacrifice. Lent is a time of repentance and cleansing, and a reminder that we are “dust” and that our only hope is in the resurrection of Jesus.  Fasting, prayer and giving are three of the traditional practices associated with Lent.  Whatever we may choose to do for Lent, I pray that it will clear away the debris and help us to hear from God in needed ways. I pray that it will make us more available to God, more able to hear His voice, and more willing to respond in the ways He leads.

 - Val Harvey

 

A Meditation on Psalm 24

Psalm 24
The King of Glory
The earth and everything in it,
the world and its inhabitants,
belong to the Lord;
for He laid its foundation on the seas
and established it on the rivers.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in His holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who has not set his mind on what is false,
and who has not sworn
deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek Him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Selah
Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.
Who is He, this King of glory?
The Lord of Hosts,
He is the King of glory. 
Selah

Reading this passage, I've often been struck by how hopeless it can seem.  

The mountain of God in the psalm is a stand-in for heaven.  The people of Israel often met with God at particular mountains, (e.g. Moses at mount Sinai) which were stand-ins for the actual Holy place, which is heaven.  God does not really dwell on a mountain, but He chose to locate His earthly presence there so that people could approach Him.  

The question David asks here is “who can approach God’s holy place?”  Then he lays out some qualifiers: the one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not lied.  The troubling thing is, we know from both the old and new testaments that none of us have clean hands and a pure heart.  None of us meet the standards David sets for approaching God's presence.  

What’s perhaps even worse, David says that he is describing the generation of people who seek God’s face.  Another of David’s psalms, psalm 53, says that God searched the earth for a person who seeks Him, and found no one.  Paul echoes this psalm in the book of Romans, where he says that no one is righteous, no one is pure, and no one seeks God (Romans 3).  

So who can ascend the hill of the Lord?  Only one man: Jesus!

Jesus made a way for us to enter God’s presence.  The book of Hebrews tells us that not only has Jesus made a way for us to approach God in His holy place, but that the mountain we approach is not even the same mountain that the people of ancient Israel approached.  The writer of Hebrews says that we have not come to a mountain of smoke and fire, but instead we have come to the city of God (Hebrews 12).

So the answer to the “who” in David's question is actually Jesus and all those He has made righteous.  

I’m of the persuasion that David had a unique insight that often led him to think in a messianic way.  Many of his psalms prophecy Jesus in some way, and I think this one does, too.  

See in the last section, the king of Glory.  David anticipated that even though we are unable to approach God, that God would invade our lives.  "Lift up your heads you gates, rise up, ancient doors!"  We were unable to approach God on our own, but God has come to us in strength. 

So, we whose lives have been invaded by the everlasting God, the God of heaven’s armies, are the generation who can seek God’s face, because of Jesus.  Now, we look at the world around us, and we see there are many gates which are still shut up to the King of Glory.  The work is not done.  The world has not yet recognized its King of Glory.  We look around us and we see the injustice in the world, we see sadness and suffering, we see that the world has not come in line with what God calls good.  So, let’s join David in saying “open up you ancient gates, that the King of Glory may enter!”

-by Jesse Hill